Plans to reduce foreign students

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PEOPLE in Portsmouth and south Hampshire are urged to make their views heard on plans to cut the number of foreign students allowed to study in the area.

The government is considering a number of measures including introducing a tougher English language requirement, reducing the number of foreign students allowed to study in the UK below degree level and limiting students’ entitlements to work.

Immigration minister Damian Green said: ‘I believe attracting talented students from abroad is vital to the UK but we must be more selective about who can come here and how long they can stay.

‘Our proposals are aimed at a more robust system.

‘Too many students coming to study at below degree level have been coming here with a view to living and working, rather than studying.

‘We need to stop this abuse.’

The drive to ensure foreign students return overseas after their course finishes could mean they will have to leave the UK and apply for a new visa to further their studies.

The consultation closes on Monday. Visit homeoffice.gov.uk